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Using the Word to Encourage Others

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March 2014

Seek and Find

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Revelation 3:20

Luke 19:1-6

Zacchaeus wanted nothing more than to see Jesus. He climbed the tree and waited…searching for Him…looking for His presence.

As a result Jesus met with him.

Could you say the same about yourself? Do you seek The Lord? Do you look for His presence in your life?

Seek Jesus daily. He’ll meet you where you are.

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Take A Hike

Proverbs 21:19
Why do you think the bible teaches that it is better for a man to go to the wilderness rather than to stay in the house with a contentious and angry woman?

I’m thinking that maybe it’s to save the purity of the relationship.

Because when tempers flare and there is someone there to argue with more often than not someone is going to speak too harshly…either in words said or tones used.

So next time you’re about to lose it I encourage you to take a breather. The time spent regrouping is well worth the damage control that you’ll be able to avoid later.

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Be Satisfied

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I Timothy 6:6

Genesis 3:5

Adam and Eve walked through the beautiful garden designed by God.

Everything they could ever need was within the garden. They were just to enjoy what God had blessed them with and fellowship with Him.

But instead they became discontent.

Now it wasn’t enough that they had all of their needs met and a relationship with God. Now they wanted to be as a god themselves.

Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe not so much the wanting to “be as a god” but the never being satisfied?

God has given you salvation through His son, Jesus. He has given you a ministry. He has provided for your physical needs. And He has given you a personal relationship with Him.

So why then is it that we allow ourselves to become discontent with our lives? Why do we search for worldly things to fulfill us?

Discontentment comes when we follow our flesh instead of God’s will.

I encourage you to think on what you do have in The Lord…to focus on Him and to allow Jesus to become your everything.

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Pleasure Seeker

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I Thessalonians 4:1

Numbers 24:1

The prophet Balaam knew that blessing Israel pleased The Lord. So that’s what he did.

How simple. How cut and dry.

Just go to the word, find what pleases God and submit yourself to it.

Disclaimer: Pleasing God does not earn salvation. Salvation comes only through Jesus’ blood. Pleasing God refers to shining the light of Jesus before men. Reference the Word to learn how to do that. ­čśë

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Nothing Too Small

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Matthew 7:7

II Kings 6:1-7

A group of men watched as an axe swam to shore. Surely they were amazed. First off, it was iron floating and secondly, why would God care enough about an axe to save it?

The miracle took place because the axe meant something to the man that lost it and our Jesus loves to bless His people.

Don’t think that you’re requests are too small or unimportant to God. He wants to hear from you. He wants you to bring it to Him.>

Fire Chief

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I Peter 4:12-13

Daniel 3:19-30

Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.

Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and free.

The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.

What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life?

Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you?

Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.

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Trickle Effect

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Matthew 26:41

II Samuel 11:14-17

To cover up an affair with Uriah’s wife David had Uriah sent to the front of the battle to be killed.

Others had to be sent with Uriah so that the murder wouldn’t be so obvious.

Consequently, several innocent soldiers lost their lives because of one man’s sin.

When you choose to go against The Lord you aren’t the only one affected.
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Hidden Talents

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Colossians 3:17

Mark 1:16-18

Simon and Andrew were fisherman. It’s what they knew, liked and and were successful with. Jesus was able to take their profession and use it to His glory. With an analogy He opened the men’s eyes to service.

Jesus can go beyond using analogies. He can actually use peoples’ professions or hobbies as means to glorify Him:

A carpenter can use his skills to help repair a House of The Lord….

An musician can perform in worship service….

A baker can bake food for a homeless shelter….

If you’re struggling with finding some way to reach out to the world look at what God has already given you.

Take the talents He has already blessed you with to bring Him glory.
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Listen Cautiously

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Judges 16:15-30

I Thessalonians 5:22

Questions can turn a persons world upside down. They can even cause you to waiver in your faith.

Samson allowed himself to become weakened by listening to the same question over and over: “where does your strength come from?”

Finally he answered Deliliah. That was the death of him and three thousand other people.

Be careful not to entertain what you know to be foolish questions. Because after a while of being bombarded by them they may seem more legit.

Instead go straight to the Word and cling to it for answers. The Truth will never lead you astray.

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